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An Eye in the Sky

By Linda Tancs

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…an orb.  Swaying in the western rainforest new Qualicom Bay on Vancouver Island are two tree-hewn spheres with circular windows (hence, the eye-like appearance), a grown-up resort meeting a childlike desire to play in a treehouse.  The daring duo are named Eve and Eryn.  The larger of the two, Eryn is less than 11 feet in diameter.  That makes for some cozy living space.  But then again, you’re there to commune with nature, not to hole up reading magazines.  In other words, you’re a free spirit.  Let the wind be your lullaby.

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The Shores of Wickaninnish

By Linda Tancs

Plenty of resorts boast ocean views and beach access. But do they provide private showers for pooches like at the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, Canada? That’s just one of many unique experiences promised at this rustic enclave in Vancouver Island. For petless visitors, consider the rainforest beach loop hike on Saturdays or the art tour on Sundays. Or test your mental mettle with a stave puzzle in the library overlooking Chesterman Beach. You can get there via ferry or air, but the road from Nanaimo offers unforgettable views of the old-growth forests of Cathedral Grove, Sutton Pass ecological reserve, and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

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Sleepy B.C. Village Energized with Tourism

By Linda Tancs

If you can’t immediately place Esowista Peninsula, you are forgiven. But give it a short while longer and everyone is likely to be talking about the quiet, little fishing village at its tip along the west coast of Vancouver Island in Canada. Named in 1792 after Vicente Tofino de San Miguel, Rear Admiral of the Spanish Naval Academy, Tofino is roughly 5 hours from Victoria, British Columbia and offers a variety of wildlife, hot springs and cultural tours. Largely dependent on tourism and aquaculture, you can count on year-round saltwater fishing opportunities, with world-class salmon fishing and flyfishing in Clayoquot Sound. Environmental preservation runs strong here. Just ask the locals to point out Eik Cedar Tree, the mascot of Tofino, an 800-year-old Western Red Cedar saved from the brink of condemnation thanks to the activism of its citizens. That may seem like nothing compared with the Hanging Garden Cedar, a living tree with a trunk circumference of 20 meters and estimated to be over 2,000 years old! A tree is our best antique, as the saying goes.

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